After the success of the NewcastleGateshead EAT! Festival earlier this year, we were excited to learn of the Birmingham Food Fest, coming up on 14-23rd October.

More than 60 of Birmingham’s top restaurants and its best-loved chefs have come on board to show their support for the new 10 day gastronomic celebration.

Great British Menu reigning champion and winner of Gordon Ramsay’s F Word Aktar Islam of Lasan Restaurant and Michelin star award winner Richard Turner, chef patron of Turners of Harborne, have backed the innovative restaurant festival, which will see the city’s best eateries produce irresistible menus at bargain prices and a mouth watering programme of over 100 food-filled events shaping up to take place throughout the city.

Support for the festival extends beyond the city’s restaurants and chefs with some of Birmingham’s biggest attractions hosting themed events to coincide with Birmingham Food Fest, including Cadbury World and Ikon Gallery. Event highlights include Thinktank’s Dine under the Stars where visitors will feast under the planetarium’s 360˚ digital dome and the National Sea Life Centre’s sustainable fish demonstration and guided tours.

Aktar Islam, one of the masterminds behind Birmingham’s Lasan Restaurant, said:

“Birmingham’s unique heritage and cultural diversity have had a strong influence on my cooking style. The city is rich with an inspiring energy and is rightfully recognised as one of the UK’s culinary gems. Birmingham Food Fest is a great opportunity to raise the profile of the city’s extensive dining opportunities and to showcase the calibre of culinary talent here.”

Michelin star eateries Simpsons and Purnell’s, Opus, Edmunds and Loves are just some of the red hot restaurants that have joined the festival’s sizzling menu so far.  The chefs will be joined by the city’s newest talent and rising stars from University College Birmingham, celebrating the diversity of Birmingham’s food scene.

Richard Turner said:

“The outstanding food and drink offering in the city is something to shout about. Events such as Birmingham Food Fest give talented local chefs a platform to demonstrate their passion for good food and great regional produce.”

Other events on the menu include tasting sessions at Mint Hotel and The Birmingham Wine School while Urban Grain, a social enterprise in sustainable communities, is set to host a canal foraging tour where edible wild vegetation will be picked from the water banks and turned into delicious dishes. Visitors can also take part in different food experiences whilst on the move, with Birmingham Tours, The Away Group and Blue Badge Guides holding bus rides, canal trips and walking tours with first class food up for grabs.

For more information or to come on board as a participating restaurant please see www.birminghamfoodfest.com

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